Singer The Weeknd has released his newest album, Dawn FM.

The Weeknd has been teasing the release of a new album since August and has now gifted fans with a present for the New Year. His last album, After Hours, became a sensation and was released in March 2020, just after the world went into lockdown.

 

His album cover is entirely different from his last cover art for After Hours, which had a portrait of him smiling with blood on his lips and the lower half of his face. Dark FM shows an older Weeknd with grey hair and beard.

The first song of the album, Dawn FM, just like the album title, features a bizarre music feature: Jim Carrey.

Carrey guides listeners through the intro:

“You’ve been in the dark for way too long/It’s time to walk into the light

And accept your fate with open arms/Scared? Don’t worry

We’ll be there to hold your hand/And guide you through this painless transition.”

The song becomes more upbeat and euphoric, similar to pop songs you would hear now from Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia.”

The Weeknd has a few other artists joining him on his newest songs, like Lil’ Wayne in “I Heard You’re Married and Tyler the Creator in “Here We Go… Again.”

The “Blinding Lights” singer also pays homage to an artist that influenced his latest music: Michael Jackson.

The Weekend, (real name Abel Tesfaye), had legendary producer Quincy Jones on a spoken interlude for the newest track, titled, “Out of Time.” The song was a beautiful mix of soul and pop and evoked a Jackson classic, “Human Nature.”

He also included EDM and 80s beats to his music, similar to After Hours. The song “Gasolina” set off the album with pop 80s feel. “How Do I Love Me?” includes an EDM influence.

Dawn FM has hit #1 on both iTunes and Apple Music Worldwide album charts.

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